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Things that add to the culture and well-being of the country.



  • Registered Users Posts: 518 ✭✭✭Hungry Burger

    the traditional Irish pub. I love nothing more than relaxing in the pub after a hard weeks work and chatting to everyone in there about anything and everything.

    Sad to see so many closing down these days and the ones that are still hanging on are not getting people in the door. Use to have loads of choice, now not so much.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,629 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    It's a shame. As long as people refuse to live close to pubs those particular pubs will suffer.

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    I don't get when people say food is bad here. There are countless great restaurants. I don't think we have a national dish as such, but plenty of different types of dishes available and done well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,767 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    We have easy access to good quality food in supermarkets too once you buy in season.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,629 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    I can see where people are coming from when they say that. We don't have a great historical culinary culture. However, I don't agree with the chips & something comment that someone made, that's just the places they're going to.

    However, there's a serious, vibrant & growing food scene in Ireland over the last few decades and we're rediscovering our roots, growing our own, foraging and catching in some cases. We're buying & cooking seasonally too. When I go to the fish mongers, the bakers and the butchers they're full of people buying stuff that wouldn't have sold twenty years ago and it's Irish people as well as non-Irish buying.

    Restaurants have improved and (where they can) are pushing the envelope, trying new things & creating amazing dishes. One example would be Stoked in Sligo. Amazing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,138 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    I agree. Problem is a lot of them pre covid got very greedy.

    my own local … a large plate of food from the carvery and two pints is around 28 or 29 euros….

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Yeah I'm in Cork - between the city, west Cork and east Cork there are masses of great restaurants.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,094 ✭✭✭saabsaab

    Well fed cattle in the fields.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,030 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Most towns and villages had ridiculous numbers of pubs that couldn't all survive.

    Very hard to find an untouched authentic pub, the weirdest trend was to rip all the original fittings out and replace them with new old crap, tin cans and bicycles hanging off walls and the like. That and chipping all the render off to make them look faux "old timey" are pet hates.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,094 ✭✭✭saabsaab

    True enough. Some really genuine ones were ripped out in the Celtic Tiger era to appeal to the young crowd. One was untouched since the 1910s!

    Many villages had seven or even ten pubs (most pub shops) so they had to shut down as the older ones passed on. Now probably one or two if lucky.

  • Registered Users Posts: 518 ✭✭✭Hungry Burger

    They were never going to all survive but it’s still sad to see them go. I could have visited 12 different pubs every weekend in my younger years.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,517 ✭✭✭✭bodhrandude

    The recent splurge of excellent Irish films being made over the last few years, some of them getting the acclaim they deserve.

    If you want to get into it, you got to get out of it. (Hawkwind 1982)

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,924 ✭✭✭Andrea B.

    Being stuck in traffic and a big thick potato head (like your own), looking across from other car and giving you a cautious slow eliptical "nod" and a slight deflection (not a full wink) of the eyelid.

    Before you realise and completely out of your control, you return the same.

    The timing of your return, coupled with the speed and direction is critical.

    An incorrectly executed return nod could lead to an interpretation of "a pass", or at worst lead to conflict.

    We can't be taught this stuff. We are born with it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 347 ✭✭iniscealtra

    Lots of Bank holidays

    Greenways / beachs / mountains/ hills

    Phoenix Park / other public parks

    Getting out and about

    A decent work life balance

    A pub without the telly

    Plants - houseplants/ herbs on the balcony/ bulbs in a planter / veg in the garden

    Being active in a community group (however small) - makes one feel part of something

    Saying hello to your neighbours as you pass

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,527 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how

    The Amateur Drama circuit.

    Every Spring time amateur Drama groups throughout the country put on productions as they compete in the two tier national competition.

    A few years ago, I was able to see tens of plays a year and a few times saw a production of the same play by an amateur group and a professional theatre group at some stage within a few months of each other and in many cases, the only difference in the quality of production was the quality of the set or props.

    For a tenner a night (at least it used to be) for a week or so, a fantastic evenings entertainment in small towns and villages throughout the country.

    This years circuit.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,030 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    An end to ambulance chasing law firms and peoples' greed that feeds that industry would mean we could have some nice things again. Publicly accessible facilities and activity based businesses and such like.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,111 ✭✭✭Be right back

    Our beautiful beaches. It always clears my head to go to one. Inchadoney is always spectacular.

    Dare I say, Irish weddings? None of this getting married at 3 and done by 10/11.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,030 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Younger people aren't interested in supping pints in 12 different pubs every weekend, tastes change, time moves on.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,202 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha

    Yeah, prices were utterly insane. I personally have no sympathy for them, particularly given how staff on minimum wage get treated in some of them.

    We sat again for an hour and a half discussing maps and figures and always getting back to that most damnable creation of the perverted ingenuity of man - the County of Tyrone.

    H. H. Asquith

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,348 ✭✭✭✭Igotadose

    A low crime rate and generally safe public space.

  • Registered Users Posts: 518 ✭✭✭Hungry Burger

    Not at the current prices for pints anyway 😂

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,099 ✭✭✭davidk1394

    The quality of the food being produced here. The sports be it GAA, horse racing, rugby, motor sport or cricket. The vast majority of people are decent and just want to get on in life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,656 ✭✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    Six Nations rugby matches at the Aviva.

    “It is not blood that makes you Irish but a willingness to be part of the Irish nation” - Thomas Davis

  • Registered Users Posts: 258 ✭✭It is a Dunne Deal

    The wearing of check shirts, blue jeans and pointy brown shoes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 742 ✭✭✭Vita nova 😉

  • Registered Users Posts: 234 ✭✭niallpatrick

    The wild Atlantic way, the parts I have walked were well laid out some parts I've had to carefully double back because the pathway had crumbled into the rocks below but it is called the wild Atlantic way, not the timid Atlantic way.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,451 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    Valuing your culture, I was in Dublin today in a coffee shop, two young Italian girls came in and ordered an expresso stood at the counter chatted, note they did not order an americano. I love this because they have retained their own culture.

    The Irish equivalent an Irish pub?

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,878 ✭✭✭✭silverharp

    we didnt have the the wild Alantic way back when I was a kid, or motorways

    A belief in gender identity involves a level of faith as there is nothing tangible to prove its existence which, as something divorced from the physical body, is similar to the idea of a soul. - Colette Colfer

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,629 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    You did. The wild Atlantic way existed and was frequented by many. My family did part of it every year, even when it was a dumping ground for locals. In 2011 there was a destination marketing plan to highlight, map and bring it to people that didn't know it existed. In 2014 it was launched including the 188 rusted WAW discovery points that everyone hated, but love now.